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Bruins in the Olympics: Loui Eriksson, Sweden defeat David Krejci, Czech Republic; Tuukka Rask expected to start for Finland

Wednesday marked the start of men’s hockey in the Sochi Olympics, and Loui Eriksson kicked things off by celebrating a win over Bruins teammate David Krejci [1] as Sweden jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on to beat the Czech Republic, 4-2, Wednesday in the preliminary round.

Eriksson didn’t have a point and finished with a minus-1 rating, though he provided a screen on a second period goal by Erik Karlsson. The Senators blueliner had a pair of goals for Sweden.

Krejci went without a point or a shot on goal with an even rating, though former Bruin Jaromir Jagr had a goal for the Czech Republic.

In the other men’s game Wednesday, Switzerland topped Latvia, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Simon Moser with 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Former Bruins forward Kaspars Daugavins tied for the Latvia team lead with four shots on goal.

Thursday will be a bit more action-packed for local fans, as Tuukka Rask [2] will be between the pipes for Finland vs. Austria, according to the Bruins. Team USA will take on Zdeno Chara [3] and Slovakia, while Claude Julien [4] and Patrice Bergeron [5]‘s Canada squad will face Norway.

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